Phenibut is a chemical compound Nootropic, that promotes to reduce anxiety and stress and may also be a sleep aid.
What is Phenibut?
Phenibut HCL is a chemical compound supplement used by people to improve sleeping patterns, as an anti-anxiety and anti-depression option, to reduce social anxiety and to improve cognition.
It may be sold under the brand names Noofen or Citrocard and was developed in the Soviet Union in the 1960’s. It is still used there to treat many ailments including anxiety, depression, insomnia, alcoholism, stuttering and balance disorders.
It’s chemical name is Phenyl aminobutyric acid and it is thought to be a derivative or close in structure to a naturally released neurotransmitter called GABA. This is a “signal carrier” that calms the excitability of nerve cell activity in the central nervous system.
Chemically, the two are very similar and thought to produce similar effects. Phenibut is used by many people that suffer with social anxiety and depression.
It is also thought to produce common effects as the use of alcohol, which stimulates the same brain receptors as GABA, reducing anxiety, relaxing the body and providing a sedative effect.
What is phenibut as opposed to GABA?
GABA, naturally works on controlling over stimulated chemicals that cause anxiety but cannot reach the blood-brain barrier (cannot enter the brain).
Phenibut is able to cross this barrier and reach those neurons on it’s own due to the addition of the phenyl group of molecules that is added to the GABA structure.
This supplement is thought to be an anxiolytic, which reduces stress and improves your mood. It is thought to be able to circulate from the blood to the brain, giving you a feeling of sociability, controlled calmness, anti-anxiety and reduced depression, which is similar to the effect of a mild tranquilizer.
Due to these effects, Phenibut is thought to help improve sleeping patterns by relaxing you enough to fall asleep and stay asleep. It may even promote REM deep sleep. Also, our ability to focus and our alertness may improve when we have had a good night’s sleep.
Phenibut also may act as a “neuroprotectant”. When stress hormones are at high levels, they can damage neuronal cells. This, may also be linked to the strain on your heart those hormones can cause, potentially lessening the pressure on your heart.
Some limited research suggest that Phenibut HLC improves cognitive functions such as memory and learning functions but more research needs to be done to confirm this. As of date, Phenibut is not approved by the FDA to prevent or treat any conditions.
Why Take Phenibut? It promotes;
- Reduces anxiety
- Helps you sleep deeply
- Aids with social anxiety
- Provides stress relief
- Helps with sociability
- Motivational effect
- Controlled calmness
Some common user reviews when taking Phenibut:
- Can take up to an hour to take effect
- Relaxed and focused
- Increased socialibility
- Your thoughts can be clearer
- Works well to help you sleep
- You feel calm in social settings
- You feel less overwhelmed
- Anti-anxiety and stress relief effects are really noticeable
Phenibut Side Effects
Phenibut is considered safe to use when following recommended low dosages. Possible side effects can occur if overused outside the safe recommendations such as:
- stomach aches
- vivid dreams
More serious side effects can include memory loss or unconsciousness.
It has been reported that long term use of Phenibut can lead to withdrawal symptoms that vary such as tremors, insomnia, muscle spasms and panic attacks.
It is also believed that you can build up a tolerance to Phenibut, which means, although the Nootropic effects are still present, you have gotten used to it. In this case, you may want to use it for up to two weeks and stop for a week or increase the dosage.
However, Phenibut is not recommended for continuous use on a long-term basis nor should the dosage levels be abused, this may cause serious side effects.
It is not recommended to stack Phenibut with other GABAergics that contain alcohol or Benzodiazepines (GHB).
If you have any concerns, please consult your doctor.
Phenibut Dosage Guide
It is recommended to always stay within the lowest dose available when starting on any new Nootropic. This helps you gauge your body’s effect and see what works best for you. The recommended dosage is between 250mg-1000mg.
This Nootropic has a longer half-life, approximately 4-5 hours, which means one dose can last all day. If you feel that it has worn off, it is recommended that you wait 6 hours before taking more.
Phenibut can be taking in a powder form that is mixed with water or taken in capsules form.
These are general guidelines. If you have any concerns, please consult your doctor.